Is that quad-core processor powering your smartphone or tablet a tad too slow for you? Finding that those so-called octa processors based on ARM’s BIG.little architecture lacking a little pep? Fortunately for you, hope is at hand. True octa-core processors could soon make their way into our mobile devices if MediaTek has anything to say about it.
Calling itself “the first adopter of a true, authentic octa-core SoC in a mobiles device,” MediaTek has confirmed that it is working on a true eight core System-on-Chip (SoC) with all eight cores able to run simultaneously.
By allowing tasks to run concurrently with the use of multiple different cores, MediaTek True Octa-Core intelligently allocates processing power to where it is needed, both on a per-application and per-task basis. With MediaTek True Octa-Core, users can enjoy heavy web downloading, hardcore gaming, high-quality premium video viewing or other types of rigorous multitasking without experiencing lag times or excessive battery consumption.
The first MediaTek True Octa-core SoC could be the MT6592 chipset. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s already been the topic of a rumour that Sony could be among the first (if not the first) top-tier manufacturers to adopt if for an upcoming device.
The MediaTek MT6592 is expected to be built on a Cortex-A7 architecture. Individual cores will run at speeds ranging from 1.7GHz to 2GHz.
Mass production of the MediaTek MT6592 could start as early as November. Devices using it should follow in early 2014.
Will true octa-core SoCs deliver on the promise of better performance with improved battery life? It will likely depend largely on the operating systems and apps that use them and how well these are optimized to take advantage of the promise of eight core processors. We’ll have to see how this story unfolds in the coming months!